by CK Dillon · Filed Under: African American Baby Boomer Exercise
Hello Fellow Baby Boomers
Today I’m changing gears so to speak. I’m going to add something to my exercise routine that I have wanted to do for years, but never took the initiative to put into action.
I’ve always been active, sticking to a specific exercise regimen at every stage of life. Over the past few months, however, I have had some challenges that were totally unexpected.
Due to those challenges I spent the majority of the last six months rehabilitating my shoulder and not much else in the way of exercise.
Most of my life I have concentrated on strength training by lifting weights. Within the last few years, however, I’ve added swimming for the aerobics, which according to my doctor played a big part in my set-back not being as intense as it could have been.
So being in fairly good condition aided me in my rehabilitation and I consider myself at about 75% of where I was pre-November.
Hurry Up and Wait
In November, after I was diagnosed, my physician told me to lay off the weights for awhile. That was a bit of a shock.
You see, I began weight training around the age of 14 after earning my first-ever paycheck of $21.67 as a dishwasher at a local restaurant. With the proceeds I made an initial investment of $21.14 in my health; a 110 lb. Joe Weider weight set. Probably the best investment I ever made.
Until five years ago that set was still complete. I mistakenly loaned all but one 20 lb dumbbell to someone whom I considered a friend. To shorten the story, he was evicted and disappeared. So did my weights. Lesson learned.
For the next phase of life I want to take advantage of what I have heard referred to as the “life-enhancing benefits” of yoga?
Yoga Is Healthy Living
Since I write a blog about healthy living for baby boomers, I thought I’d, once again, practice what I write about. One of the aspects I research and write about is relieving stress and everyone I know who practices Yoga regularly seems to have their stress levels under control. They seem to be so at peace. I want to taste that.
My shoulder requires gentle stretching exercises for rehab and it appears Yoga is the key for me to create vitality, strength and flexibility.
Baby Boomers and Yoga
Baby Boomers, myself included, can benefit from Yoga as a well travelled path to health and vitality, by staying involved in life and taking action to stay healthy.
By making yoga part of my daily routine, I hope to develop and maintain fitness and a relaxed attitude that will have me enjoying every minute to the fullest.
I’ll keep you posted from time to time on my progress. Wish me luck.